On the crusade....
Woot! (That's the word that most makes me think of Rach, as in Rach Writes..., you know the founder of the writing CRUSADE! (No idea what I'm talking about? Go here.)
We've all at one time or another posted about this AMAZING blogosphere of writers we're involved in. We've all made TONS of friends and learned a multitude of helpful tips on writing from each other. (We love our followers and commenters and the bloggers we follow...see our sidebar. We'd be so lonely without you!)
The Crusade is a way to formally support each other in this writing journey we've all set out on. Writing may be a solitary act, but we don't need to face the ups and downs that accompany it alone. Nuh-uh! Don't do it. We need each other!!!!
Crusaders, erica and christy have joined up a second time to connect with you all, follow your writing, and learn from you (we hope to help you out from time to time as well!).
We're excited to take part in the First Crusade Challenge to be announced this upcoming Friday! We can't wait to find out what Rach has up her sleeve! Stay tuned...!
On writing this week....
Last week I posted about cutting my manuscript down to half of what it used to be. I cut hundreds of "was ____ing"s. Yesterday, I sat reading a published book at the local Barnes and Noble while my kids played on the train table or paged through books of their own.
Do you know how many "was ___ing"s I found on the first two pages alone????? SEVEN. Yes, seven.
Just when I think I've figured out how to make my writing clean and crisp, I find that maybe the "rules schmules" I followed may not have been written in stone after all! Am I not supposed to make my writing more active? There must be a time when using "was" is totally acceptable, if not preferred.
At times like these I feel like I'm an idiot for even trying to write AND publish a novel when I've had no "real" training (aka: degree in English). I'm going round and round in circles here.
I KNOW that writing actively is better, just like showing is better than telling. I KNOW that. AND I feel like my writing is cleaner now than it was before. SO, I'm sticking to it. Keeping my changes. And I will continue to write actively in the best way I know how to. Will that change and improve over the next year? Certainly.
But, is there a right and a wrong?
What rules have you learned and followed only to turn the page in the novel on your nightstand to find that very "no-no" staring you right in the face?